This is the first graphic novel I had ever read. I couldn't put it down once I started. There are so many layers that make up this book that intriguedThis is the first graphic novel I had ever read. I couldn't put it down once I started. There are so many layers that make up this book that intrigued me. Plus knowing this was a biography made it all the more sobering and interesting. It's a heartbreaking tale of surviving, history, and coping with that history that left me thinking about it long after I'd finished it. ...more
I really enjoyed some of the stories, and others of them I couldn't wait to be done with so I could head on to the next one. Reading so many differentI really enjoyed some of the stories, and others of them I couldn't wait to be done with so I could head on to the next one. Reading so many different authors one right after the other was a great experience though because I was able to see which authors writing I really enjoyed. That experience helped me to realize who my favorite authors really are, and which genres that I enjoy more than others. I've also discovered some authors that I haven't read before that I want to read more of. My list of favorite stories in my order of my preference:
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell - 5/5 stars. This story was so perfect on so many levels! Rainbow Rowell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This story was so adorable, the characters were loveable, and it was all around a great holiday read.
Beer, Buckets, and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire - 5/5 stars With a first line like, "The whole mess started when I lit the church on fire," I knew I was going to love this story. Oh, the humor!! I found myself laughing out loud. It was adorable and funny. I want to read more of Myra McEntire's work.
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White - 5/5 stars This was one of the few stories I read that I could actually envision being a Hallmark holiday TV movie, and one that I wish was actually a movie. I loved the setting, the characters, and the little bit of mystery. I liked the dynamics of the parents in this story as well. They weren't as absentee as most Young Adult stories go, and that was refreshing.
It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins - 5/5 stars This one really put me in the Holiday spirit. So much giving, and add a little swoon and it was a magical combination! I want to read more of Stephanie Perkins for sure after reading this. I loved the setting, plot, and characters.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter - 4/5 stars
I wish Ethan's character would have been developed a little bit more, but I could see this one being a Hallmark holiday TV movie too. It felt like things were resolved a little too quickly, and a longer novel would have suited it better. But I love Ally Carter, and this story filled a different space in the anthology that I enjoyed.
Plaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jennifer Han - 3/5 stars
This one fell a little short for me in places, and maybe I liked this one because I didn't like the stories before it at all, and I found this one refreshing.
All of the other stories were a 1/5 rating for me.
Overall, the few stories that I loved were the only reason I kept at this book. I enjoyed reading the stories, but I was really ready to move onto something new by the time I finished the last story. ...more
This is a fun story for reluctant readers or any child that loves baseball. It's a great book full of historical details about the 1932 World Series,This is a fun story for reluctant readers or any child that loves baseball. It's a great book full of historical details about the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth, the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and Theodore Roosevelt. The dialogue and setting painted a realistic picture of 1932. I really appreciated that at the end of the book, the author told us what was factual and where he took liberties concerning historical events. I love baseball, and I really enjoyed this story. I especially loved the inclusion of historical pictures that the story was built around. They added an authenticity to the story that really made it come alive....more